Approach over vectoring?
Okay, hear me out, this post’s intention is not to demean any controllers. In busy airports and basically all airports with an approach controller present, the ATC tend to vector too far out from the field, more than usual. I’m not sure if this is a change in training procedures or something else. There has been more and more posts on fuel emergencies in Infinite Flight lately with majority due to this. Considering that some airports have procedures to deal with many arrivals e.g OMDB and VHHH as well as EDDF, wouldn’t controllers be encouraged to use such procedures?
My request is if Radar controllers cound incorporate procedures used in the airports mentioned above such as clearing aircraft on the ILS at 20nm instead of the usual 2500ft for 10nm. Second, if the use of speed restrictions could be used more to provide better spacing as there’s always a very big gap between aircraft in many occasions. Imagine having 25 planes inbound but each are spaced at 12nm, that is basically a 300nm queue, that’s 300nm of extra distance required to fly by the last aircraft in the queue. Finally, if there could be more hubs listed on the schedule(similar to what is there on Thursday where we have DTW and AMS listed) to relieve traffic pressure on one airport, especially when airports such as HAAB and LPPT are in use.
I do understand that IFATC approach controllers are supposed to use all runways for landing, but at airports such ans DXB and HKG use separate runways for arrivals and departures for faster traffic movement. Wouldn’t this be encouraged to relieve stress on the Tower controller?
Disclaimer, I’m not trying to throw shade at IFATC controllers who would feel targeted by my post. In my opinion, pointing such things has always been seen as a taboo due to the voluntary nature of their work. I just wanted to provide a pilot’s perspective on this.
I know that there’s a possibility that this topic will be closed without a reply from mods/IFATC personnel and that I’ll be given many labels in your private chat rooms because of this especially since I’m not a certified approach controller but this post is all in good faith.
At the end of the day, tons of gratitude for the IFATC for enabling thousands of planes to complete their flights.
Routes in red mimick procédures used in megahubs like DXB.